Well rather than theorize, let's take a look. Here are the top 3 fantasy QBs last year sorted by avg points per game (based on a pretty normal point system.)QB Yr APPG T
1. Drew Brees 2008 22.21 355.35
2. Jay Cutler 2008 20.83 333.30
3. Aaron Rodgers 2008 20.66 330.60
Kurt Warner 2008 20.22 303.30
Let's take Drew Brees the top performer as you used it in your example. His total fantasy points for the year were 355.35.
Now lets take the composite of the 19th 20th and 21st best QBs (assumes a 10 team league and has everyone else already drafting 2 qbs) We will drop the week Drew Brees had a bye just for ease.
19. Ben Roethlisberger 2008 14.88 238.10
20. Matt Ryan 2008 14.82 222.30
21. Jason Campbell 2008 14.57 233.05
Week by Week composite
W1: 14.55 (Ben)
W2: 19.55 (Jason)
W3: 18.25 (Jason)
W4: 17.85 (Jason)
W5: 24.65 (Ben)
W6: 18.15 (Matt)
W7: 16.7 (Ben)
W8: 20.25 (Ben)
W9: Drew's Bye
W10: 18.2 (Matt)
W11: 15.4 (Ben)
W12: 22.45 (Ben)
W13: 16.05 (Matt)
W14: 26.05 (Matt)
W15: 17.4 (Ben)
W16: 23.95 (Ben)
W17: 20.7 (Jason)
Total Composite: 310.15.
This puts the trio between the third and fourth place QBs last year. Some things to consider with the 3 bargain bin QB system:
- This does not take into consideration the trios' bye weeks, since they are the worst QBs on anyone's roster (theoretically) you could rotate in whom you'd like for one bye week QB with no issues.
- You can play the matchups, If you don't like that Big Ben is taking on Baltimore's defense this week, rotate him for someone playing the Lions.
- High risk/reward guys: With this system it would give you the ability to go after someone like stafford/culpepper (just using your example) who has the ability to put up giant numbers or throw 5 picks.
Anyway, I had no idea how it would come out before I did this... Just was curious to see. I think it shows that there may be some viability in that strategy if you aren't able to get a top 3 QB.